Monday September 24, 2012
Today’s Death toll: 123. The Breakdown: 42 in Aleppo, 37 in Damascus and Suburbs, 18 in Daraa, 14 in Homs, 7 in Hama, 3 in Latakia, 1 in Deir Ezzor and 1 in Idlib (LCC).
An independent journalist who asked to remain anonymous, said rebel fighters were attacking a military base near town of Atarib when the jet flew over.
Lebanese living along the Syrian border are reporting rashes and other ailments. They suspect Syrian biological weapons are to blame, although weapons experts say that is unlikely.
With Syrian rebels sheltering in Lebanese border towns and Syrian Army troops planting land mines on both sides of the border, Lebanese fears of getting dragged into the conflict are rising.
“While opponents of the regime and activists are chased down by regime forces and subjected to arbitrary arrest and liquidation in areas under regime control, by contrast, regime supporters in areas controlled by the FSA can express their opinions freely. We can even find them sitting in the village guest house sharing jokes and drinking tea in one of the most beautiful scenes of the revolution that I have seen.”
When the uprising against the Assad regime began, Syria’s half-million-strong Palestinian population was reluctant to join in. Now, some have fled, while others have joined in the fight.
(Reuters) – Thirty years ago Hafez al-Assad cut phone lines from Hama to stop word spreading of his bloody crackdown on an uprising in the city, ensuring that the 1982 Syrian revolt was crushed and many thousands killed before the world even knew of it.
Rebels groups in the western parts of Aleppo Province get united under the nameAl-Mostasim Brigades http://youtu.be/uAuXtMT-5YY
But while the video is meant to show unity, it unintentionally reveals the degree of fragmentation involved in the rebellion movement when the leaders of over 20 different units introduce themselves and take the pledge. Regional and ideological differences are pretty apparent and the prospects of a lasting union seem dim. But for now, attempts at consolidation continue.